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December 01
YVC Alumni Association Seeking Nominations for Alumnus of the Year Award

​The Yakima Valley College Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the annual Distinguished Alumnus Award.  The award will be presented at the YVC commencement ceremony in June.

Nomination Form: The application forms are available online at or by contacting Caitlin Goodwill at 509.574.4775 /             

Award Criteria:

  • any former student who attended YVC for a minimum of three quarters;

  • attained at least 45 credits,

  • and has distinguished themselves in some positive manner is eligible for nomination.

​Submission Deadline: January 12, 2018

​For more information: visit or 509.574.4775 /

December 01
YVC Foundation Scholarship Applications Available for 2018-19 Academic Year

The Yakima Valley College Foundation scholarship applications are now available for the 2018-2019 academic year. Applications can be picked-up in person on the Yakima Campus in Prior Hall, Building 1, Room 113, at the student information desk in the HUB, or in the Financial Aid Office in the Deccio Higher Education Center, Building 8. Applications are available online at Submission deadline is February 28, 2018.

Incorporated in July 1977 the Foundation's primary goal is to provide scholarships for students. They award over $500,000 in scholarships annually. In the past 40 years the Foundation has helped students accomplish their goals by awarding over 5,000 scholarships totaling more than $5 million.

The ability to provide opportunities to deserving students can only continue through generous donation. For information on becoming a donor, contact 509.574.4645. ​

November 20
YVC hosts Grand Opening Celebration for the Grandview Campus Entryway Project

​Yakima Valley College recently completed major changes to the Grandview Campus. The project provides a new entrance to campus off of Wine Country Road with new landmark signage and an additional 153 parking spaces. The $1.75M project represents a unique partnership of public and private resources. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 10:00am. Refreshments will be served. ​

Special thanks to the City of Grandview, Gary Christenson, and the Drollinger family, for their support and vision in making this project a reality. For more information, please contact 509.574.6870 or

November 20
YVV Thanksgiving in Wine Country

Taste Yakima Valley Vintners award-winning wines during the 2017 Thanksgiving in Wine Country event. Yakima Valley College's teaching winery, located on the Grandview Campus, will open the tasting room on Friday, November 23 from 11:00am-5:00pm; Saturday, November 24 from 11:00am-5:00pm and CLOSED on Sunday, November 26.

Join Yakima Valley wineries during Thanksgiving weekend for fine wines, food offerings and special deals while donating to Northwest Harvest to fight hunger. Savor this Yakima Valley tradition on the day after Thanksgiving and through the weekend with a beautiful scenic drive to Washington wine country. Learn from the wine-makers and chefs why particular Yakima Valley wines pair well with the sauces, seasons and flavors of the traditional Thanksgiving culinary delights. Join our winemakers for a memorable Thanksgiving in Wine Country weekend. YVC's teaching winery provides students the opportunity for a hands-on learning experience in winemaking. Thanksgiving in Wine Country will feature several student-produced wines, including Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Carmenere and Dean's List Reserve Red Blend.

Yakima Valley Vintners has received numerous awards for their wines, and even had a wine recognized in the Seattle Times as one of the Top 50 wines of 2017 that retail for $30 or less. For more information about YVC's teaching winery visit:

Yakima Valley Vintners is located at 110 Grandridge Road. For more information contact or call the tasting room at 509.882.7069.​

November 20
YVC’s Vineyard & Winery Technology Program Awarded 8 Medals at the 2017 Tri-Cities Wine Festival Yakima Valley Vintners Wins 1 Gold, 7 Silvers

Yakima Valley Vintners (YVV), YVC's teaching winery, received 8 awards for their student crafted wines at the 2017 Tri-Cities Wine Festival this month. YVV's 2015 Intern Tempranillo received a gold medal. The 2015 Primitivo, 2015 Mid-Term Merlot, 2015 Red Backpack Blend, 2015 Graduates Last Hyrah Syrah, 2016 Easy A Chardonnay (oaked), 2016 Study Skills Chardonnay, 2016 Textbook White Gewurztraminer each garnered silver medals.

All wines submitted were judged blindly by a panel of prominent wine professionals. YVC student wines are included in with all of the other commercial wineries during the competition. There were more than 70 wineries that competed this year, and 373 wines were judged over a three day period leading up to the festival on Saturday.

These award winning wines, submitted by Yakima Valley Vintners, were produced by students completing course work in YVC's Vineyard & Winery Technology program. The wines are marketed through the program at YVC's Grandview Campus which houses a winery facility and tasting room. Students managed all aspects of producing these wines from grape to glass.

"The students are the decision makers on the wine style and blending methods.  These awards affirm their commitment and dedication to their craft," stated YVC Vineyard and Winery Technology Instructor Trent Ball.

The Tri-Cities Wine Festival began in 1979 as a fundraiser for a new copier for the Tri-Cities Visitor & Convention Bureau. However, it was also envisioned as a vehicle for promoting Northwest wines, and the Tri-Cities as a tourist destination. The festival was modeled after the Seattle Wine Festival and was originally held in July during Water Follies. The event featured over 40 wines from 13 Northwest wineries. In 1990 the Tri-Cities Wine Society assumed sponsorship. Through the help of several area supporters, the Society received enough seed money to continue the festival. The festival has continued each year, and as the Pacific Northwest wine industry has grown and changed, so has the festival. In 2010 Tri-Cities Wine Festival moved to its current location at Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick. Over 70 wineries attend this annual event and more than 370 wines are poured to 1,200 visitors at the Gala Wine Tasting. A Silent Auction helps fund a scholarship to students in local viticulture programs. For more information:​

For more information about Yakima Valley Vintners and the Yakima Valley College Vineyard and Winery Technology Program: or call 509.882.7007.

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